With school out and children in, it can be hard to find a balance between work and play. However, learning and games do not have to stop in summer; instead, they can merge into fun Do-It-Yourself (DIY) activities.
Why Is It Important to Make Learning Fun?
The young years of learning will shape how students view education as they grow older. Children want to do activities that are fun, and will continually participate in these activities if they find them enjoyable.
Striking a balance between learning within the four walls of the classroom and engaging activities outside is important - in order to help students recognize how the lessons students learn inside the classroom are relevant and applicable within the real world.
Showing young students these connections at the beginning of their educational years will foster a curiosity to find those connections as they begin learning more complex ideas in the future.
Participating in fun DIY activities at home also allows room for students to ask questions and learn through the process of trial and error. These are the principles that guide an interactive learning approach.
"Play is far more powerful for children, however, then many parents even realize. It’s actually the key to learning. Researchers and educators across the world have found that play can help enrich learning and develop key skills such as inquiry, expression, experimentation, and teamwork." - Whitbyschool
What Types of Activities Can My Kids Do?
Basic skills such as phonics, writing, and counting can be taught using everyday objects. Naming objects that start with the same letter, counting all the spoons in the drawer, or shaping play-doh into letters of the alphabet are all fun and easy ways to teach these skills.
For elementary-age children, activities such as cooking and gardening can help teach about nourishment. You can even turn these activities into science experiments, such as planting a seed in two differently lit areas to see how they will grow. Baking can be used to teach about heat and expansion. These activities will not only teach scientific skills but also learn the importance lesson of patience.
What If My Kids Are Always In Front of Screens?
Are your kids’ heads always stuck on screens? You can find fun, interactive learning games and apps that will make sure that your kids will get in a bit of learning during their screen time!
Creating a website together is also a modern alternative. Designing a website will enhance your child’s knowledge about color schemes, writing, organization, and will also make them think creatively.
Early Childhood Development
Whether you're a teacher or parent, by making learning fun, you are helping your kids learn in the most effective way possible. When kids have fun, they don't want to stop. So let's make sure our kids don't want to stop learning.
Play interactive games on the screens with them, go on an outdoor adventure with a DIY kit, and help your kids learn while they're having a blast!